Washington: President Joe Biden has stated that social media firms are killing people by breaking due to police misinformation on their platforms concerning COVID-19 vaccines.
The remarks came a day following US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy revealed misinformation regarding the vaccines a menace to public health, and as US officials suggested that mortality and severe illness from the disease are essentially completely preventable because of the vaccines.
Biden, inquired if he had a word for platforms like Facebook where incorrect or misleading knowledge regarding the coronavirus vaccines has expanded, informed reporters, They're killing people.
The only pandemic we have is between the unvaccinated," he stated. Discoursing on Thursday, Murthy stated misinformation concerning COVID-19, considered an infodemic by the World Health Organization, was inevitable.
The false knowledge poses an immediate and deceptive menace to our nation's well-being, Murthy declared during comments at the White House. We must confront misinformation as a country. Lives are depending on it.
Too often, he stated, the platforms are constructed in ways that support, not counter, the range of misinformation. We are asking them to step up, Murthy told. We can't wait long for them to take a proactive step.
Facebook spokesperson Dani Lever countered: "We will not be distracted by accusations which aren't supported by facts. The fact is that more than 2 billion people have viewed authoritative information about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook, which is more than any other place on the internet. More than 3.3 million Americans have also used our vaccine finder tool to find out where and how to get a vaccine. The facts show that Facebook is helping save lives."
Twitter posted on its platform, As the COVID-19 pandemic grows around the world, we'll proceed to do our share to promote trustworthy health knowledge.